Study: Periodontal Disease Associated With Increased CAD Risk In Select Patients

Study: Periodontal Disease Associated With Increased CAD Risk In Select Patients

Endocrine Today (6/6, Neuffer) reported researchers found that in adult patients with type 1 diabetes who smoke, “periodontal disease increases the risk for coronary artery disease [CAD].” The findings were published in the Journal of Diabetes and its Complications.

Diabetes (UK) (6/7, Woodfield) reported lead researcher Tina Costacou, PhD, an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh, said, “These data suggest that in addition to good [blood glucose] control and treatment of high blood pressure, smoking cessation and oral health are important factors in reducing the development of heart disease.”

Dental professionals can find information on diabetes on an ADA Science Institute-developed Oral Health Topics page. In January, ADA Science Institute researchers published a paper exploring the number of additional individuals with prediabetes or diabetes who could be identified if diabetes risk assessments were conducted in the dental care setting. In addition, the ADA offers the online course Diabetes and the Dental Professional and the Diabetes and Your Oral Health brochure.

Dentists can refer patients to MouthHealthy.org, ADA’s consumer website, for information on diabetes. JADA For the Patient also includes the articles, Can Diabetes Affect My Oral Health?, Diabetes and Oral Health, and Diabetes: Tips for Good Oral Health.

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